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Noah Blocks Landry
A day after beating the defending champion Mavericks, the Bulls would have had another challenge in playing at the New Orleans Hornets.
Any time Rose plays against Chris Paul, fans know they will witness an outstanding performance from at least one of the two All-Star point guards, so they're really missing out with this game not being played.
Rose has a much better supporting cast than Paul and, in the end, it would be the rest of the Bulls who would tip the scale in Chicago's favor to win this game.
In Chris Paul, the Hornets have one of the best players in the game. An all-around player, Paul provides All-Star performances on both the offensive and defensive end of the court.
After a decent regular season, capped off with a stellar performance against the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs, Chris Paul would be looking to return to MVP-caliber form, especially amid the uncertainty of his future with the Hornets. This uncertainty, though, would lead to dysfunctional play similar to the performances of Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets last season.
The Bulls, on the other hand, are a team with great chemistry and a deep roster. The Bench Mob would have stepped up big for them in this game, with solid performances from Omer Asik, Taj Gibson and its newest member, Jimmy Butler.
After a solid performance in Dallas, Rose would be looking to his teammates for support in the second game of a back-to-back, so we would have seen better numbers from Boozer, Noah and Deng. Rose's assists would have gone up, with a slight decrease in his scoring from the night before.
At the end of the night, the Bulls would have walked away with a 2-0 record but with a less convincing performance than the night before.
Most of the starters for the Bulls would have had decent nights with the exception of Noah, who would have had an excellent night, finishing with 20-plus points and 15-plus rebounds.
The Bench Mob would have shown that it's a force to be reckoned with, and the tone for the season would have been officially set after winning back-to-back games on the road.